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“Alswinn” – a Norse Themed Song about the Sun by the Band Faun

Trundholm_Sun_Chariot

The Trundholm Sun Chariot, found in Denmark and an example of an artifact revering the sun. The sun chariot is a common symbol found in Indo-European mythology.1

We’ve just added a song to the traditional and folk music video resources section. It’s called Alswinn, and is taken from the latest album called Midgard by the German band Faun. Faun sing a number of pagan folk songs with traditional instruments.

This song describes Alswinn, one of the horses in Nordic mythology that pulls a chariot carrying the sun across the sky:

“On his hooves, he wears runes
He roams the sky
In his golden carriage, he carries
The sun until the evening hours”

(See full English translation of the lyrics here.)

Interestingly, the sun chariot is derived from one of the oldest known Indo-European myths that was spread with the Religion of the Sun. The Vedic sun god Surya, the Greek sun god Helios (as well as Apollo), and the Indo-European sun god Belenus were all depicted being pulled across the sky in horse drawn chariots, for example.2 The sun horse is also a common symbol associated with the sun and can be commonly found in the celtic and slavic traditions as well as in ancient Sumerian and Phoenician art.

This song can now be found in the video resources gallery, accessible via link below.


  1. Nationalmuseet [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

  2. More information on this can be found on the Cultures Descended from the Civilization of the Sun page 

4 Comments

  • I think that will happen for sure David. I’ve written many songs and compositions before, it’s just a case of getting in the right frame of mind and of course learning instruments and scales/harmonies that are in line with the religion of the sun.

    But number one is the right frame of mind. When I’ve written my better music, it just “happens” – it’s not something that requires intellectual wrangling (which indeed hinders art).

    Getting more involved with everything to do with the religion of the sun is I think the key.

  • I really like the tune of this song. For me it has a very inspiring feel and fits the topic nicely I think.

    I saw on their youtube channel they share the full song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUXplm_CrSE

    It actually has the whole album there. While I don’t like all of the songs, there are at least a couple which also have nice tunes and some spiritual lyrics at least.

    Would be great to be able to play music like this in the future.

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